Yeah, see, a lot of people reading my previous post may think I believe the world's doing fine. I am actually very concerned about the environment.
One of the problems with the Greenhouse Effect hoax (under its many names) is environmentalists basically put all their eggs in one basket. Having control over energy use is the end-all to their problems: they can redistribute wealth, shut down any industry they dislike, crush business, end meat eating, destroy the evil that is Capitalism, get free food and housing while they pursue their art, and oh yeah almost forgot fix the planet maybe. They basically got sucked in to this scheme that looked like it would solve all their problems. Instead it's led to people becoming so jaded against environmental issues that any real crisis to arise or any of the on-going ones will be totally ignored. Worse, anyone reporting these crises will be discredited by proximity to the on-going three decade hoax, so the handful of environmental activists who aren't bullshit artists have little hope of getting traction.
Fukushima has irradiated the entire Pacific Ocean and continues leaking radioactive waste into it even though the disaster hit 5 years ago. Is the world concerned about that? Because all I hear about are SUVs and cow farts cooking us to death in 2317.
Not to pick on Japan again, but we're running out of whales and they're still illegally killing them for meat while calling it "medical research" to get around the ban. Meanwhile I'm hearing claims that global warming causes terrorism in 2016, because sure, why not.
Honey bees are dying off in droves thanks to systemic pesticides, making it all the more likely we will soon have food shortages (and making it impossible to buy honey). I occasionally hear peeps about that while the people screaming about our shrinking ice caps pause for breath (even though the Antarctic grew non-stop through Global Warming and the Arctic has been growing again for years).
Then there's everything Monsanto has been doing directly and indirectly to the food supply. Oh, and the shit they've done to farmers. The subject on them would require its own thread and make me sound like a rabid leftist if you never saw any of my posts on another political subject. Yet how often do they make the news or take flak from politicians? I didn't even know they'd had a Supreme Court decision that allowed them to patent genes until I stumbled onto a documentary about them on Netflix. You'd think that kind of idiotic claptrap would get more press than a possible 2mm rise in sea levels being detected by a single island nation, but no.
Oh, and my favorite issue, the many, many birds killed by solar farms and wind power. The wind power industry got a blanket pardon from Obama after it was revealed they'd killed thousands of endangered birds including American eagles. Talk about symbolism, eh? Of course, we can't protect birds from renewable energy because OMG CO2 REDUCTION OR WE ALL DIE, so that one barely made the news.
The list goes on and on, but nobody can be mobilized to do anything because the left's fear-mongering about CLIMATE DOOMSDAY drowns everything else out and obliterates any credibility a real environmentalist movement might otherwise have.
And this is to a large degree why I think that global warming, right or wrong, is something of a lost concept. It becomes this focal distraction that people get caught up in and argue about back and forth, with no real hope of either side convincing the other - all while they perhaps agree on 90% of things more pertinent, more solveable, and more immediate than what's being talked about; it's a convenient smokescreen to ignore and disregard other things, because it becomes this matter of utmost tribal importance. I personally think that human impact can contribute to the greenhouse effect - even if the majority of it extends from water vapor, we may be speeding up a more natural process of heating and cooling and in turn make it more unstable. But if someone disagrees with me? We maybe have at it for a little, but then I move on to something else. In the process, we can find these other issues and bring them into the spotlight - and getting them solved would have some observably positive effects on the world, whether or not you believe in global warming.
It frustrates me because it happens so frequently, so often, on things that people fall into so easily. BLM becomes this giant stupid clusterfuck, when there's judicial abuse that both sides can acknowledge and want to fix - both in the way that police outfits are structured and funded, and the way that the legal system works in and of itself. Yet all you hear are the fucking black sepratist BLA idiots (in fairness, the movement has by now ejected many moderates it grabbed before) and the blue lives matter people who insist that everything's just peachy with the cops and nothing at all could be improved - those two extremes get the fore. Feminism, which disregards not just the issues of women global, but the issues of women in suburbs or rural areas, is this concept that's been so perverted by all of the idiots that got involved with it, things that are otherwise uncontestable - we should live in a meritocritous society that doesn't pay any particular heed to race, gender, sexuality, that we should have an open society where people are free to persue their passions without being barred on the basis of gender, that the government and justice should not change based around those - have been thrown up into the air while all of the focus is on inplacable feminutters and the whiniest of manchildren MRAs. Yet most people could hold an honest discussion about gender, problems, advantages, progress, etc - no problem. LGBT rights are now concentrated on this less-than-1% of the population schmuck, and on issues that I would wager most of the people in that group don't really give a shit about; there's almost complete disregard, again, for any of these issues globally, suburban-ly, rurally, or even the issues still faced in liberal strongholds - increasingly the only focus is either on what the far-right cauldron-stirrers want to prattle on about or what the far-left walking glass houses want to fall to pieces over today. Yet you could get most people together and have a meaningful, mature conversation about it, again, without much issue.
But anytime something like this happens - any time you dredge out any of the real problems that do exist - you'll get some sod on one side or the other who tries to drive people to one of these issues, and everyone goes batshit and fixates wholly and totally on them. The left is the one you see do this the most, probably because the left has the larger media share and as such more visibility. But in conversation, I see it happen on the right frequently as well - if I point out, say, how Trump's proposed wall would be ineffective, a massive waste of taxpayer money, and extremely vulnerable to electoral disruption, before I can make any headway with that issue someone'll throw it into a discussion about illegal immigration and everyone starts hooting and hollaring and adopting what their thought-leaders tell them to say. Nevermind that discussing the concept of the wall in and of itself has little do with the ethics of borders or immigration.